I know what is coming before I finish this, but no one else seems to be willing to tackle this. So I will. Recently, a disgruntled or potentially crazed man attacked a state police barracks. He seriously wounded one trooper and killed another. I am aware that as someone socially conservative, I am expected to inexorably support and defend police. However, as someone who has always weighed the scales fairly, I feel I must point out an issue that I have, emotions and reputations be darned.
First off, I deplore popular media singularity. By this I mean, the mainstream news latching on a single topic and allowing it to trump all other stories. No matter how important or otherwise, we should always leave room for other courses. The emotional, ignorant, and misinformed have already shut down. For the rest of you, certainly all are welcome; however, let’s walk on and discover the essence of the article.
Though I do take a moment for the family of the trooper who was killed — as a family member of mine is a state trooper in another state — it is with much disdain that I must protest the mainstream news.
Over-the-top searches, people exiled from their homes, roadblocks, mail stoppage, tank-like vehicles, paramilitary, schools closed, people being kept from their medication, and police cruisers colliding at high speeds into civilians.
Our local mainstream media is no different from the national variety. Its intentional myopathy, ignorance, and slant make it an ideal place to focus attention on one set of news for ratings and/or mucho denero.
Just in case some leftist stepped away from their CNN/MSNBC-laced idiot box or Times-infested idiot tree paper, I am no Marxist. It’s either greed (every lefty’s favorite American put down) and/or Houdini misdirection.
The press and other forms of media are supposed to be objective and unbiased in pursuit of the truth. These words are so five degrees of separation from the public that the definitions probably won’t make it into the next Webster’s dictionary. (For more on the subject of the misdirection of the public, seek my “Voter Fraud” column series on Rantlifestyle.com.)
It’s been several weeks and counting. There is no other front page news in all of NEPA. Well, that’s at least what you’d take away from the mainstream papers.
The first few days, despite heavy news coverage, the police searches were minimal. In fact, there were an estimated 9,000 officers at the funeral. Why not have most of them looking for him? Half of them, perhaps? Ask, and ye shall receive . . . ten-fold.
Over-the-top searches, people exiled from their homes, roadblocks, mail stoppage, tank-like vehicles, paramilitary, schools closed, people being kept from their medication, and police cruisers colliding at high speeds into civilians. The constitutions of the US and Pennsylvania) used as toilet paper. The response from authorities? He’s not all that dangerous. Well, gee . . . hmm . . . if you’re scratching your head or sitting there dumbfounded, do not worry, so am I. Did I mention Frein nearly made it to No. 1 on the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list?
So, for all this overbearing police intrusion, heavy handedness, et cetera, there must at least be overwhelming evidence against this “extremist,” “anti-government,” “cop hater”? Not that they have told us. Some guy found the alleged murderer’s truck submerged a mere two miles from the barracks.
It is important to see police as simply human beings. They are not superheroes, but they are public servants. “Serve” and “Protect.
So, a guy who loves to run around the woods in army gear, had his truck found near his home in the woods with guns and military gear . . .
With this mess of an “investigation,” do not be surprised if he is not caught alive. If he isn’t, it’s not unfair to question the evidence. It really is never unfair to question the evidence. Despite the fact that there has been an alternate theory of motive reported, one which cops have dismissed, which dismissal the media has complacently accepted. I almost imagine the publisher begging for a donut being dangled by a police commissioner. How did this story break, you might ask? The UK’s Daily Mail published it. A British newspaper reported what any Pennsylvanian, or at least any US paper that siphoned off cash from the intrigue and fear, could have. Yes, I am shaking my head, too. He almost does not feel real. If he asks for and receives a ransom, I want you to remember the name “D.B. Cooper.” Look it up.
Then, in the fog of police-induced war, you hear a congresswoman suggesting this is why we need “next gen” 911. Conveniently, they cite the Frein War . . . I mean “manhunt.” I am not saying there is a connection, but I am saying it’s awfully convenient. As they say, those who stand to benefit . . .
Unfortunately, we have extremes in society. Those who trust cops implicitly, mainstream journalists included, lying on one end of the spectrum. Read a Times article sometime. When the cops say it, the statement is rarely qualified by “allegedly.” In fact, it is scary how little you see the words “alleged” or “suspected” anymore. If a police officer speaks it, the media accepts it as fact. The uncomfortable — dare I say squeamishly comfortable? — relationship between cop and reporter is becoming more than a little disturbing. Then there is the other side, who often possess such hatred for the police that the only good cop is a . . . Well, you fill in the blank.
It is important to see police as simply human beings. They are not superheroes, but they are public servants. “Serve” and “Protect.” It is not included on the uniform, but the object that receives the action of “serve” and “protect” is us. The citizens. Sometimes, they forget the latter. Sometimes, the rest of us forget the former.
One must say, separating yourself from the emotion, if only police investigated murder or other crimes against us lowly serfs, us mundanes, like they would for someone behind the thin blue line.